Light Fissure
EML 02 - 21 - 2010

The Museum at Delphi incorporates a daylighting scheme, successful even during a dense fog (which fell on the occasion of our visit). Clerestory windows meet an angled roof. Daylight enters the aperture and washes the ceiling surface in a bright, diffused glow, illuminating the room. This technique spawned an idea. What would the implications be if one were to rotate the section, the ceiling becoming wall? The sections to the right investigate the possibility. The main horizontal wall is titled to catch the light, bringing it deeper into the multi-story space. Because the light cast on the wall will be in state of constant motion, material treatment is key. A deep pattern or relief will celebrate this change, creating a dynamic centerpiece, ever changing throughout the day. By enhancing wayfinding, the corridor (defined by light) becomes a primary artery of circulation. In the sketch below, functions are arranged along this linear 'fissure.' The angle is cued from the site. Mass Ave, one of the four angled avenues of Indianapolis's original plan, begins at this site. Referencing the angle deliberately anchors the building to the site.

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